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Professional Organizations for Science and STEM Educators

The American Association for the Advancement of Science
Also known as "Triple A-S" (AAAS), is an international non-profit organization dedicated to advancing science around the world by serving as an educator, leader, spokesperson and professional association.

Annenberg Foundation
Annenberg learner's mission is to "Advance Excellent Teaching in American Schools." They have pursued this mission for more than three decades by funding and distributing multimedia resources for teachers (K-12 and college levels) to teach their subjects and to stay up to date in their fields.

Argumentation in History and Science (Kate McNeil)
This professional development class will focus on how to support students in engaging in argumentation in both history and science using the claim, evidence and reasoning (CER) framework. Specifically, we will explore how evidence and reasoning are similar and different across history and science as well as how to provide appropriate scaffolds and instructional supports to help students gain greater expertise in argumentation in reading, writing and talking.

Citizen Science Academy
NEON's Citizen Science Academy provides online professional development resources for educators to support effective implementation of Citizen Science projects and activities that focus on ecology and environmental sciences.

Colorado Association of Science Teachers
A wealth of resources just for science educators.

Colorado Experiential STEM Learning Network
Created by XSci and the University of Colorado Boulder, the Colorado Experiential STEM learning network promotes ACTION based STEM networking and integration. Its mission is to collaborate with schools, policy makers, and businesses in order to create extraordinary STEM experiences for students and teachers.

Colorado Science Educators Network
An organization that meets to network with leaders in science education across the state of Colorado, provide professional development for science leaders, and address current issues facing science education and educators.

Intel® Teach
Helps K–12 teachers of all subjects learn to engage students with digital learning, including digital content, Web 2.0, social networking, and online tools and resources. Intel Teach professional development empowers teachers to integrate technology effectively into their existing curriculum, focusing on their students’ problem solving, critical thinking, and collaboration, which are precisely the skills required in the high tech, networked society in which we live.

Khan Academy
An organization on a mission, they are a not-for-profit with the goal of changing education for the better by providing a free, world-class education for anyone, anywhere.

National Academies Press (NAP)
Created by the National Academy of Sciences to publish the reports of the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering, the Institute of Medicine, and the National Research Council, all operating under a charter granted by the Congress of the United States.

National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
The agency of the United States government that is responsible for the nation's civilian space program and for aeronautics and aerospace research.

The National Association for Research in Science Teaching (NARST)
A worldwide organization of professionals committed to the improvement of science teaching and learning through research.

National Science Education Leadership Association (NSELA)
Formed in 1959 to meet a need to develop science education leadership for K-16 school systems.

National Science Foundation (NSF)
An independent federal agency created by Congress in 1950 "to promote the progress of science; to advance the national health, prosperity, and welfare; to secure the national defense…"

National Science Teachers Association (NSTA)
A member-driven organization, 60,000-strong that offers cutting-edge Professional Development opportunities, and publishes books, journals, and additional content on effective teaching strategy and best practices.

PBS TeacherLine
Flexible, online professional development for PreK-12 educators.

Research + Practice Collaboratory
Research and Practice collaboratory engages researchers and practitioners around the country in an effort to address the long-standing gap between educational research and practice in STEM education.

Teaching Channel
A video showcase—on the Internet and TV—of inspiring and effective teaching practices in America's schools. We have a rapidly growing community of registered members who trade ideas and share inspiration from each other.